Best Albums of the 1980s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1980s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 41,000 greatest album charts.

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1980s decade summary
YearAlbums The number of albums from each year featuring in the greatest album charts. Score Total rank score for each year (made up of the total rank score from all albums in that year) Top Ranked Album The top ranked album from each year and where it ranks in the overall chart.
19801,661202,813
19811,671118,451
19821,652145,760
19831,640133,025
Murmur (143rd)by R.E.M.
19841,651174,754
19851,665142,522
19861,741183,203
19871,928174,334
19881,994164,621
19892,055223,766
Total17,6581,663,249

The best artists of the 1980s were The Smiths, Pixies, Prince, The Cure, Talking Heads, U2, Metallica, The Stone Roses, R.E.M. and Sonic Youth.
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1987
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7,684
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1983
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7,319
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1986
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7,189
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1985
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7,152
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1984
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7,129
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1982
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6,819
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1987
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6,767
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1982
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6,486
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1984
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6,356
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1982
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5,878
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 4 of 100

Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 115 12%
1981 119 12%
1982 110 11%
1983 92 9%
1984 101 10%
1985 82 8%
1986 96 10%
1987 87 9%
1988 97 10%
1989 101 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 10 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
Rush 8 1%
Depeche Mode 8 1%
R.E.M. 7 1%
The Smiths 7 1%
Talking Heads 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 401 40%
United States 390 39%
Australia 38 4%
Mixed Nationality 27 3%
Canada 24 2%
Germany 20 2%
Ireland 17 2%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 963 96%
Yes 37 4%
Live? Albums %
No 985 99%
Yes 15 2%
Best Ever Albums
1. OK Computer by Radiohead
2. The Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd
3. Abbey Road by The Beatles
4. Revolver by The Beatles
5. Kid A by Radiohead
6. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles
7. In Rainbows by Radiohead
8. Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd
9. The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars by David Bowie
10. The Velvet Underground & Nico by The Velvet Underground & Nico
11. Funeral by Arcade Fire
12. Untitled (Led Zeppelin IV) by Led Zeppelin
13. Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys
14. In The Aeroplane Over The Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel
15. Nevermind by Nirvana
16. The Beatles (The White Album) by The Beatles
17. Doolittle by Pixies
18. The Queen Is Dead by The Smiths
19. London Calling by The Clash
20. The Bends by Radiohead
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